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9 Fun Board Games for 3 Year Olds
A Guide to the Best Games for 3 Year Olds
Are you wondering which are some of the best games for 3 year olds? This is a great age to introduce game play and many skills can be acquired by playing board games. Kids can learn about taking turns, build memory skills, and practice counting, shapes and color identification and more from playing games.
This page is a guide to not only the best board games for 3 year olds, but also great video games and free online game sites that little ones will enjoy.
Top Board Games for 3 Year Olds
#1 Gamewright Hisss Card Game
This is one of our favorite games to play as a family. It's easy enough for a 3 year old which makes it a great first game for them. To play the Gamewright Hisss Card Game, players take turns drawing cards and building snakes by matching colors.
A snake is complete when it has a head, tail, and at least one body piece. Several snakes may be going at once in the snake pit. The player that completes a snake gets the cards from it. The winner is the one with the most cards at the end of the game.
2 to 5 players
About 15 minutes for each game
Here's what others say about Hisss Card Game:
"My kids love playing HISSS I have a 5 and a 3 year old and even the 5 year old gets into all of the color possibilities for each card. Everyone goes NUTS over the multi-colored snake head or tail to complete a snake and yell Hissssssssssssss!!! This is a very fun educational game and they even convince me to play with them all of the time!!! "
"Saw great neices & nephews play and enjoy card game so I bought it for my grandchildren.
Sturdy cards, nice size, easy to put away, and fun. Children ages 3-10 enjoyed. Takes about 15 minutes to complete. Color coordination choices keep it interesting. Easy to pack up and not as messsy as some games to store. "
"Let's face many kids games are dumb. This is fast pace and very simple and you still have to be a bit strategic, though every one can win. I am not a big game person, but my husband is and we both enjoy playing this game with the kids 3 and 6 years old. "
#2 The Sneaky Snacky Squirrel Game
The Sneaky Snacky Squirrel Game is a game that involves a little bit of strategy so it works on thinking skills but it also requires the use of fine motor skills so it's a great game if your three year old needs a little help developing their motor skills and coordination.
Spin the spinner to find out which acorns you need to add to your log and then use the little squirrel to pick up the appropriate acorns. This game is super cute and it so pretty to look at too. Even the box it comes in is beautiful!
What others had to say about this game:
"This is THE cutest game I have ever played!!! It is truly a piece of art with it's beautiful illustrations and adorable high quality pieces. And it's also a very fun game. My 3 and 5 year old boys really like playing it and really enjoy using the squirrel to pick up the acorns. It's also pretty enough to give as birthday gifts - love it! Highly recommend!! "
"There are so few games out there for 3 year olds! My daughter loved this game and we didn't mind playing with her. Great for developing fine motor skills and color matching, but it's also a great opportunity to introduce good sportsmanship at a young age - players must take turns, pass the squeezers around, cheer for good spins, get over losing a turn, and not take it personally when someone "steals" a nut from you or you lose your "nuts." All in all big fun for preschoolers. "
"My son received this game for his 3rd birthday. He is my middle child - so we have LOTS of toys and games. As a parent, I really like this game. Here is why:
- Simply directions to follow...for parents and kids
- No putting pieces together or having to spend 30 minutes prior to playing. No batteries!
- Cute design that the kids like!
- The game is great for three year olds to work on fine motor skills (the squirrel tweezers)
- All the pieces are durable (unlike something like the Candyland cards, which can rip)
- It doesn't take forever to play the game (like Chutes and Ladders)
- It is a game that ALL pre-school aged children can play with ease. My 4 1/2 yr old can play this with friends without needing an adult."
The Sneaky Snacky Squirrel Game
A closer look at the Sneaky Snacky Squirrel Game.
#3 Eeboo Picnic Game
Go on a picnic in your very own living room. The Eeboo Picnic Game is a fun and easy game to play with your three year old. You take turns spinning and collecting all the pieces you need for your picnic. You collect a plate, napkin, utensils, a main dish, fruit, vegetable, dessert, and drink. The first person to collect every piece they need wins. Be careful though...if you get the ant space when you spin, you will have to put back a piece!
We own this and several other games by Eeboo. The pieces are beautiful and nice and thick. My boys really enjoy playing this game. It can run a little long sometimes if you keep landing on the ants and losing your pieces. All and all, a good fun game for 3 year olds that doesn't require any reading.
What others had to say about this game:
"We love this game! Our 3 year-old got it for her birthday and absolutely loves it. I believe the game is supposed to be for ages 5 and up, but our daughter has no problems playing it (with a little help from sister, mom, and dad, of course). We play it all the time and I'd buy it again in a heartbeat. "
"We have played this game with our children since they were 2 and 4 years old. It is very high quality. The cloth picnic blanket makes it more realistic and fun. The food pieces are very well drawn and appealing. I cannot say enough good things about Eeboo and the games they make. We own many of them, including several card games. All of the pieces are extremely durable and the games are fun and have real developmental value. This game is educational in the sense that it teaches sorting, cause and effect, and decision-making. These skills are age-appropriate and really more important than academic skills for the preschooler."
#4 Richard Scarry Busy Town Board Game
Richard Scarry Busy Town Board Game is a fun game that involves solving mysteries, finding hidden objects, and working as a team.
What I really enjoy most about this game is the teamwork aspect and the large board (it's 4 feet long). My boys and I set it up on the floor and then sit down and work together to play it. No tears over someone losing because it's a team effort to get to the end of the game board in time.
What others had to say about the Busy Town Board Game:
"My boys are 3 and 5 and love this game! It's a game about teamwork, they all have to get on a ferry together and cross over to picnic island together. This way, they are rooting each other on and not so upset when another player gets better spins and wins it."
"My kids are two and three..two year old is a little young yet but my three year old goes nuts he loves this game so much (even as adults we have fun playing it)! Love the big bored (6 feet long) gets my son up and moving...told all my friends to go out and get this game! "
#5 Sequence for Kids
This game is actually recommended for ages 4 and up, but it doesn't require any difficult skills so if your 3 year old already has some experience playing board games, they should have no problem playing this one.
In the game, everyone is working to get a sequence. You are dealt three cards. Each turn you play a card and put a chip on the board that corresponds with the animal on the card you are playing. When you get 4 chips in a row, you have a sequence and win the game.
Sequence for Kids is a favorite at our house.
What others had to say:
"Sequence is a like lotto but more fun. My 3 and 4 year old grandsons loved playing this with me. The animal pictures are eyecatching and the game takes only 15 minutes to play. "
"Bought this for my three year old niece. It's a great game to play together. Improving on the basic matching game, sequence combines matching animals with getting four chips in a row on the board. The board itself is stock cardboard - much like any other board game and the cards are a bit thicker than normal cards, which should boost their durability. Finally, the chips are larger than the normal sequence chips, so they are easier for little hands to pick up. "
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#6 Go Away Monster Game
I bought Go Away Monster for my youngest son because it was recommended as a game for speech delayed kids. Each player has a bedroom game board and you take turns pulling pieces out of a bag to complete your bedroom. You need things like a bed, lamp, wall picture, and teddy bear. If you pull out a monster instead, you must yell "Go away monster!"
It's a quick but fun game and is a really good beginner game for young ones who haven't played board games before or who can't sit still for too long :-)
What others said about Go Away Monster:
"This game only takes 10 mins or so to play and is most suitable for 2-3 year olds. The older the kids the more likely they are to get bored after playing this game a couple of times."
"We got this for my two year old who was 3 months shy of her third birthday. I totally agree with another reviewer that it is for the younger set. That being said, my little girl loves it. The shrieking and throwing of pieces, the noncompetitive nature, and the loose application of rules make it a tremendous game for her."
#7 Eeboo Preschool Lotto Game
The Eeboo Preschool Lotto Game is a different take on traditional memory games. Each player has a lotto card with 6 pictures on it. Everyone takes turns flipping cards over, trying to find the six cards they need to fill up their lotto card. The first one to fill their card wins.
What others said about the Eeboo Lotto Game:
"Although we have other games for preschoolers, they are too simple for adults to enjoy. Not this one. My preschooler and 2-year-old often beat me at this game, because their memory skills are better than mine! We can all have fun together. This game takes a long enough time to complete that it's fun, but not so long that the little ones get antsy. Would recommend!"
"This is a fun game for young kids. We bought it so that our family could play a game together. We have a 5 year old and a 3 year old and both kids enjoy it. It's very simple and doesn't take long which is a plus for toddlers. It's also made of a very thick cardboard that holds up well. My kids also love the themes of the boards (transportation, toys, fruits, etc)"
#8 Fat Brain Toy Co Flip-A-Longs - Long Long Locomotive
My little guy LOVES trains. He has been train obsessed since he was 2 years old so this game by Fat Brain Toys is a huge hit with him. The Flip-A-Longs- Long Long Locomotive is a matching and memory game.
Each player gets an engine and caboose and then takes turns flipping over two cards, trying to get matching pieces of a train car. There are 15 different themed cars. The player who creates the longest train wins the game.
I actually find this more fun than traditional memory matching games. Even my 9 year old will play it with his younger brother without getting bored.
What others had to say about this game:
"This game of matching has become a favorite to play with my nephew when we're together. It's a simple game of matching, but there's more to it than meets the eye. Just like a normal game of "concentration," you turn over two cards at a time, and try to remember where the matches are. Instead of just matching two identical images, you match two halves to a scene. When you find a match, you get to add it to your train. At the end, the one with the longest train is the winner."
#9 Zobmondo Entertainment The Ladybug Game
A ladybug themed game that teaches math skills such as counting, adding, and subtracting. It's a cute game with a neat little story behind it. My boys both like this game a lot but it can run a little long sometimes because you have to accumulate certain things to get past and certain point on the board and if you don't have them, you need to keep cycling around until you get them.
All in all, The Ladybug Game is a very cute game though and it helps build some very important math skills.
What others had to say about The Ladybug Game:
"We bought this for our inquisitive, and busy 3-year old boy. He loves playing it! It teaches him to read basic directions (cards that say move 3 space, go again) and it is easy to play. It also has been helping him learn to win and accept losing graciously (ok, still working on that). The pieces are made of cardboard and perhaps not the most sturdy in the world, but up to the task. It is fun to play and he wants to play over and over. Gets a little tiring for adults, but the game is for him. He even will occasionally pick Ladybug over video time!"
"My 3 year old is completely obsessed with this game. He'll play it by himself if nobody else will play with him. Besides the counting forwards and backwards, number recognition, turn taking, and losing well, he's now learning to add and subtract from it by counting his aphids. We say things like, You had 5 aphids and now you got two more, so now how many do you have? Or, You have 7 aphids and you need 10. How many more do you need? At first he struggled with these questions, but after playing the game over and over, he's now able to do the calculations pretty quickly in his head. Wonderful game. "
A List of the Best Board Games for 3 Year Olds
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Wii Games for 3 Year Olds
If you own a Wii, here are some Wii games your 3 year old might enjoy. It is often hard to find Wii games that are geared toward younger kids but these are all easy enough for even the youngest members of the family to play.
Nintendo DS Games for 3 Year Olds
We didn't get a Nintendo DS until my youngest was 4. He's able to play some of the games that his brother can but you have to make sure to pick games that don't require reading or other skills your little one hasn't acquired yet. Here are some Nintendo DS game that are great for 3 year olds.
Free Games for 3 Year Olds to Play Online
There are a lot of great free games for 3 year olds to play online. If you are looking for a free, fun, and educational way to entertain your three year old, check out some of these websites.
- PBS Kids Games
PBS has lots of kinds games on their website including many from their most popular shows including Curious George, Sesame Street, Sid the Science Kid, Dinosaur Train, and Super Why.
- Sprouts Online Games
Spouts Online also has many games featuring characters from their most popular show including Calliou, Berenstain Bears, Bob the Builder, and more.
- Fisher-Price Games
Fisher-Price offers dozens of online games for the 3 year old and up crowd including games to build skills such as letter recognition, learning shapes and colors, matching, counting, and more. They also have games featuring the Little People charact